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Micky Birthday – A Death in the Family

April 3, 2011 by  
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Celebrity birthdays for week of March 7-13
The Star-Ledger –
March 8: Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of the Monkees is 65


From: Sarah

In a recent interview, Nurit Wild (mother of one of the children of
Michael Nesmith) mentioned that Phyllis Nesmith had passed away (She
says she found out from Jason) recently. I will try to update you all
on this as more information becomes available. The news bit about
Phyllis is about 41 minutes into the interview. Phyllis suffered from

RIP Phyllis Barbour-Nesmith 1946-2010


From: Andrew

Hi Brad:

I’m part of a group that will be putting on a 20-song Monkees tribute
at a club in Springfield, VA, near Washington, DC, and am hoping to
get some true blue Monkees fans to attend.

Would there be a way to get a message on your page?

Show is 3/6 at Paradiso on Franconia Road in Springfield, VA, and
starts at 7pm with Apple Core, a Beatles cover band. Monkee Business
goes on at 8:30pm.

Andrew (aka Mickey)

link to flyer:


From: Jan

Here’s the links to the Newly Wed game. It just came out yesterday,
so that’s pretty up to date news you can post…:-)
Parts 1 and 2

Davy looks humiliated and embarrassed, and like her grandfather…



From: Sarah


We’ve got a brand new interactive Monkees website to go along with the
new “This Week in Monkeemania!” segment on The Strange Dave Radio
Show! MONKEEMANIA! Is located at
come check us out.

Also check out the segment on The Strange Dave Show’s YouTube Channel
located at

The entire show is also available as a PodCast for those of you who
would rather download that at the following link:



From: Bob T

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Brief Encounter With … Monkee Micky Dolenz
Date: 25 February 2010

Micky Dolenz is currently playing Wilbur Turnblad in the hit musical
Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre, marking his first return to the
West End in more than three decades.

Dolenz found fame in the 1960s as the drummer/vocalist in popular
made-for-TV band The Monkees, whose hits included “Daydream Believer”,
“Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer”.

His post-Monkees career has included multiple appearances in myriad
American sitcoms as well as theatre credits including A Funny Thing
Happened on the Way to the Forum, Aida and The Point!, which came to
the West End during the late 1970s.

How does it feel to be returning to London’s West End?

Are you kidding me? It’s wonderful! I just love doing musical theatre
in general and, besides Broadway, you don’t get any better than this.
I’m thrilled to be here, both in Hairspray and in the West End.


Humorous overstatement of Mickys age – but we learn lots of new things
about Micky here:

Under the microscope: The Monkees’ drummer Micky Dolenz, 71, answers
our health quiz

Last updated at 10:17 AM on 02nd March 2010
Comments (5)

The musician, who hang out with John Lennon at his prime, answers our
health quiz.

Still going strong: Micky Dolenz, 71, says he’s never been ill –
despite his rock ‘n roll past

I can at the moment because I’ve been exercising strenuously for the
musical Hairspray – I do a lot of dancing. When I’m home in
California, I can’t be bothered and the only exercise I get is in my

Post Monkees in the Sixties and Seventies I was living pretty hard. I
was hanging out with Keith Moon and John Lennon, and while I never got
into heavy drugs, I did experiment a lot. When I look back on my life,
I wonder how I survived – my mother said I had a guardian angel. I
don’t remember much of it, to be honest, although people tell me I had
a good time. Now I drink, but usually just a few glasses of wine.

Every day I take multivitamins and another supplement with vitamin D.
I also take a fibre pill – called Nature’s Secret – to help with
digestion. As a performer, I’m on the road a fair bit eating in less
than salubrious restaurants, so I need to take something to ease
things along.

My mother passed away at the age of 72 from lung cancer. She smoked
two packets of cigarettes every day. My father died of a heart attack
in his early 60s. But this was down to him being unfit and also
smoking. He ran Marquis, the famous Italian restaurant on Sunset Strip
in the Fifties and Sixties. In those days, a lot of lard was used in
cooking and he ate everything on the menu.

No matter how tired I am, I can only sleep for four hours at a time. I
then wake up, answer emails or write some music for an hour – then go
back to bed for another four hours. My mother was the same. When she
woke up, she would do pottery.

About ten years ago I had hypertension. I didn’t want to take
medicine, so I looked it up on the internet and found some
cardiovascular exercises which were helpful, and I also cut down on
salt. My blood pressure is fine now.

I think it’s more of a mid-life crisis than a hormonal change. I went
through this when I was 45; I even started driving a red sports car.
But it didn’t take me long to realise that I was behaving like an

Absolutely. Yes. Enough said.

I am extremely lucky, I’ve never been ill – although about 20 years
ago I broke my right arm hang gliding. I’ve also had three root canals
on my teeth over the past few years. The pain was unbelievable.

Only if I could be 25 and look like Brad Pitt!
=95 Mickly Dolenz is currently appearing in Hairspray at London’s
Shaftesbury Theatre.



…But They All Seemed So Happy
By Gene Mueller
Story Created: Feb 25, 2010

Pretty much everyone was watching the Olympics last Sunday,
but I was elbows-deep reliving my childhood.
I was watching a documentary about “The Monkees.”
Hey, it was on the Smithsonian channel, so it HAD to be good.
Then again, it depends on what your definition of “good” is.
“Good” as in I’m better off knowing just what a horrible, corrupt,
evil mess such a happy concept turned out being.
“The Monkees” were the pre-fab four: actors/sorta musicians
who could sing, recruited for a TV show. Don Kirschner was the
musical director, in charge of finding studio musicians to lay down
their tracks and songwriters to crank out their hits. Kirschner did
a fine job, recruiting the likes of Neil Diamond and Boyce and Hart,
among others.


From Ethan Tudor W.

Love the Web Site, clean, FAST and easy to Navg. I have a Press
Release for you from “The Neverhood” show at, I was
not sure how to send it, but here it is all the same, Davy Jones will
be on our show on March 8th (Confirmed). a LIVE call in show…details
below as well as contact info..thanks, and again, brill site, love the
colors, photo’s the whole mix of the thing…

Press Release:
Wed. March 3rd, 2010. 12:27am (PST)

From: The Neverhood radio show at Host: Actor:Ethan Tudo=
r W.

RE: Davy Jones on “The Neverhood” at, Hosted by
Actor, Ethan Tudor W.

This week, in the Neverhood, MONDAY MARCH 8th 2010 at 10am
PST..LIVE..Davy Jones, star of the HIT TV show/band “The Monkees” will
be here LIVE, to chat with us about his life, career, and love of
horses. Join us LIVE at 1-347-324-3691 to talk to this #1 TEEN IDOL of
ALL TIME! It’s another day in The Neverhood!


The Neverhood

-Ethan Tudor W.
503.268.2869 if you have any questions.


From: Frev

Following the Rhino Handmade release of ‘The Birds, The Bees & The
Monkees’ deluxe set, comes Jan & Dean’s lost album ‘Carnival Of
Sound’, recorded before and after Jan Berry’s tragic car crash, and
producing the album was Berry’s recuperation therapy.

Just got my copy of ‘Carnival Of Sound’ today, and I must agree with
others who got it that this is an amazing collection of songs. I might
be bold enough to say that this is Jan Berry’s ‘Smile’. It’s
interesting to speculate if this album might have done something in
the charts if released back in the day. You can hear a definite
Beatles influence throughout the album, which was recorded between
1966 and 1968.

It makes a nice companion piece to the ‘Birds/Bees’ Monkees set,
especially since they both share the song ‘Laurel & Hardy’, which Davy
Jones recorded as a demo for Jan and is on the ‘Birds/Bees’ set, and I
love that Davy does the spoken bit in Berry’s cover of ‘In The Still
Of The Night’ on ‘Carnival’, a very pleasant surprise.

Rhino Handmade has it available as both a limited edition CD/Vinyl
combo and a regular CD release. I opted for just the CD rather than
the CD/Vinyl combo, and that’s ok, as I’m really enjoying it. If
you’re a fan of Jan & Dean and the music that came out around the
1967-68 period, then do yourself a favor and order ‘Carnival of
Sound’. This album is a real keeper.



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